Classical Reflections

Christmas With The Santa Cruz Chorale

Christmas With The Santa Cruz Chorale

On Sunday afternoon, December 20 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Santa Cruz, the Santa Cruz Chorale presented an impressive concert of assorted works. Under the guidance of conductor and Artistic Director Christian Grube, the Chorale presented eleven works that historically covered a substantial time frame: Exsultate Deo by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594) to […]

Inventing America with The Santa Cruz Symphony Orchestra

Inventing America with The Santa Cruz Symphony Orchestra

By Josef Sekon, D.M.A. On Sunday, October 10, the highly energized Santa Cruz Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Daniel Stewart performed Fanfare For The Common Man (1942) by Aaron Copland (1900-1990), El Sinaloense (1943) by Severino Briseno (1902-1988), Rhapsody in Blue (1924) by George Gershwin (1898-1937) and the Symphony No. 9 in E […]

Santa Cruz New Music Works

Santa Cruz New Music Works

Sarah Cahill Piano Reverie On Sunday, February 15 at Peace Church in Santa Cruz, Phil Collins, Music Director of the Santa Cruz New Music Works presented a program of “contemporary” works for solo piano featuring the eminent pianist Sarah Cahill. Ms. Cahill offered her program with understanding, technical command and control of the modern music […]

The Muse

The Muse

The Santa Cruz Symphony At The Mello On Sunday January 25 at the Mello Center for the Performing Arts, the Santa Cruz Symphony presented concert number three of the 2014-2015 season. The symphony orchestra is comprised of four major instrumental families: winds, brass, percussion and strings. Maestro Daniel Stewart focused his programming attention on the […]

A Diverse Trio of Trios

A Diverse Trio of Trios

Santa Cruz Chamber Players Triple Play On Sunday, November 11 at the Christ Lutheran Church in Aptos, the Santa Cruz Chamber Players (SCCP) performed three wonderfully musical trios featuring Artistic Director Brian Johnston, violin and viola; Vlada Volkova-Moran, piano; Aude Castagna, cello; Kathleen Purcell, flute and Jennifer Cass, harp. The program consisted of Trio No. […]

Santa Cruz Symphony’s “Dreams And Visions” at The Mello

Santa Cruz Symphony’s “Dreams And Visions” at The Mello

The Santa Cruz Symphony under the baton of Daniel Stewart, Director of the Santa Cruz Symphony programmed three of the most interestingly diverse works one can recall. Concert number two “Dreams and Visions” featured soprano Ying Fang, yet another bright shinning star from the Metropolitan Opera Company. This writer had the opportunity to attend the […]

SCC Symphony Final Concert: Renewal

SCC Symphony Final Concert: Renewal

On Sunday, May 18 at the Mello Center for the Performing Arts the Santa Cruz Symphony under the direction of charismatic Music Director Daniel Stewart presented an afternoon of beautifully performed sacred music. The program had moving religious overtones and consisted of Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus, K. 618 (1781), Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms (1965) and […]

Dance Prisms

Dance Prisms

Santa Cruz County Symphony Concert Review On Sunday, March 23 at the Mello Center for the Performing Arts, the Santa Cruz County Symphony, under the new Music Director Daniel Stewart, presented a most delightful afternoon of beautifully performed music. The words written on the front page of the program “The future is now” are now […]